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Caui Lofgren - Bio

Caui Lofgren draws upon the personal stories shared by his Swedish and Filipino family as they relate to patterns of migration, ecology, and the environment. With a deep respect for nature, his paternal grandmother shared childhood stories of her native Marin-Duque and the plants that shaped his interest in botany. Born in Sweden, his Swedish/Filipino father shared his romanticized vision of a Kerouacian American West. Conflating and contrasting these two narratives, Lofgren arrives at a magical realism informed by both real and imagined events, migration, capitalism, and cross-cultural mythology.   
2024 February Featured Artist and Interview, Conversations with Artists, Online

2023 Cut and Paste the Art of Collage, Conversations with Artists, Online Exhibition

2023 New Painting, Juror: Rachel Gugelberger, Site: Brooklyn Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

2019 Small and Smaller, Juror: Heather Darcy Bhandari, Site:Brooklyn, Brooklyn, NY

2016 Aqua Art Fair, Phylogeny Gallery, Miami, FL

2015 Here and Now, State of the Arts Gallery, Sarasota, FL

2014 87th Annual International Competition (online exhibition), The Print Center, Philadelphia, PA Juror: Irene Hofmann, Phillips Director & Chief Curator, SITE Santa Fe

2012 The Truth is Too Convoluted, C. Emerson Gallery, St. Petersburg, FL
Contemporary Painting, Englewood Art Center, Ringling College of Art and Design, Englewood FL

2011 Navel Gazing, Art Center Sarasota, Sarasota, FL (traveled)

2010 Navel Gazing, Brevard Art Museum, Melbourne, FL (invitational, catalog)
S/ART/Q Invitational, Sarasota, FL
Wild, benefit exhibition for Myakka State Park, Art Center Sarasota, Sarasota, FL
University of Florida Alumni Exhibition, Tioga FL

2008 Les Ensignants DʼArt, Manatee Community College, Bradenton, FL
NFS, Sarasota Arts Center, Sarasota, FL

2007 Exhibit A, Mack B Projects, Sarasota, FL
Ringling College Instructors Exhibition, Ringling College of Art and Design, Sarasota, FL

2006 Ringling College Instructors Exhibition, Ringling College of Art and Design, Sarasota, FL

2005 Eden Roc Resort and Spa with Bettcher Gallery, Miami Beach, FL

2004 AFF: Contemporary Art Fair, Bettcher Gallery, New York, NY

2003 Annual Faculty Exhibition, Santa Fe Community College, Gainesville, FL
Recent Paintings, Rowe Art Gallery, Carroll College, Waukesha, WI
Creations, The Art Store, Gainesville, FL

2002 Atlantic Center for the Arts Annual Florida University Student Juried Exhibition, Atlantic
Center for the Arts, Guest curator: Kerry James Marshall

2017 “Grand Slam” Community Tennis Ball Sculpture, facilitated with regional high school and college students, Realize Bradenton Art Slam, FL

2016 “Ringling Underground”, Ringling Museum, Sarasota, FL

2015 10x10: Ten Slides Ten Speakers, Herald-Tribune building, Sarasota, FL

2014 “Spin Art”: Realize Bradenton Art Slam, facilitated with regional high school and college students, Bradenton, FL

2012 “Tangrams”: Annual Asian Festival at Selby Botanical Gardens, Sarasota, FL.

2007 “Classroom in the Park”: Arts Day Sarasota, Sarasota

2002 “Thompson Elementary Mural”: Thompson Elementary School student work. Vero Beach Public Library, Vero Beach, FL

1998 “Becoming Independent/Finley Mural”: City of Santa Rosa Parks and Recreation Department and Becoming Independent.
Community Mural: Santa Rosa Parks and Recreation Youth Program

1997 “Becoming Independent/Ridgeway Mural”: City of Santa Rosa Parks and Recreation Department and Becoming Independent.

Drawing Center Viewing Program, New York, NY

2000-03 Graduate Teaching Assistantship, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL

2002 Deanʼs Award University of Florida, Fine Arts Department, Gainesville, FL

2001 Harn Museum of Art Studio Award Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art, Gainesville, FL

1998 Certificate of Appreciation for Community Enrichment City of Santa Rosa Recreation & Parks, Santa Rosa, CA

INDA 7, Manifest Gallery, Cincinnati, OH, 2012
INDA 6, Manifest Gallery, Cincinnati, OH, 2011
A Gulf Coast Journal with Jack Perkins, PBS/WEDU television interview, FL, 2011
Lauren Garber, “A Recipe for the Creation of Three Paintings”, The Satellite, 10/2/2002, Gainesville, FL
Beth Green, “Library to get Studentsʼ Mural”, The Press Journal, 8/11/2002, Vero Beach, FL
Laura Stewart, “Student Art Speaks Volumes”, Daytona Beach News-Journal, 6/23/2002, Daytona, FL
Sandi Carroll, “University Student Art Exhibit on View”, The Observer, 6/7/2002, New Smyrna Beach, FL
Paul Marseglia, “Studentsʼ Works on Display”, The Daily Journal, 5/31/2002, Volusia County, FL

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